Any toastie fan will know that there’s nothing quite like the crunchy, melty goodness of a grilled cheese sandwich. But the main drawback with conventional toasted sandwich machines is that they are often a hassle to clean – and it’s one more appliance to clutter up your kitchen.
Other methods, such as using a toastie bag or sandwich cage with your normal toaster, or cooking your sandwich on the grill or hob, never quite produce the same results. So we were keen to see if the new Morphy Richards toastie maker could rustle up a tantalising toastie in a hurry.
The Mico toastie maker is a small container that clips together to encase your sandwich. Metal non-stick toasting plates are hidden within the cool-touch silicone walls, helping to create the appetising browned effect you can’t usually achieve in a conventional microwave.
With an RRP of £40 (though you can find it for around £30 online), it’s more expensive than some full-sized toastie machines, so is it worth it? Read on to get our first look verdict, and see it in action in our video.
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Mico Toastie Maker – how it works and our verdict
How it works
The Mico toastie maker uses ‘Heatwave’ technology, which Morphy Richards says converts microwaves into conventional heat, so that you can get oven-worthy results in less time.
The full range includes a baked potato cooker and egg poacher in addition to the toastie maker.
First impressions of the Mico toastie maker
We were really impressed with our Mico toasties, although we struggled to achieve the coveted ‘stringy cheese effect’. When cooked for the medium cooking time (around five minutes) they were well browned, crispy on the outside and delicious.
You can fit most bread sizes in the toastie maker. If you’re using thick-cut or homemade bread, you’ll have to press down quite hard to snap the locks into place. Morphy Richards recommends using bread suitable for toasting to get the best results.
The silicone outer cover didn’t get too hot after cooking, so you shouldn’t end up getting burnt fingers. We found the two snap-on hinges quite stiff and difficult to use at first, but they do loosen up a bit.
How easy it is to clean?
It’s pretty hassle-free. The non-stick coating means you can opt for a quick wipe-clean if you’re in a hurry, which we found effective in most cases.
If you’ve made more of a mess, the metal toasting plates detach completely from the silicone covers. All parts can be popped in the dishwasher for a good blitz.
On one occasion, when we were perhaps too extravagant with the cheese filling, a little leaked out onto the microwave turntable. So, similar to a traditional toastie machine, you might need to clear up the odd greasy overflow.
Should you buy it?
The main question is whether it’s as effective as a regular toastie maker. We think so, although toastie purists might find the lack of melty cheese strings a bridge too far. If you want a toastie on the go, you even can pop the lunch-box sized Mico in your bag and take it to work to use in the microwave, which is handy.
For the price, you could buy a full-sized toastie machine, but if you want to save on space – and clean-up time – it’s worth considering.
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Mico Baked Potato Cooker – is it worth it?
We also took the baked potato cooker for a spin. For £30, it promises classic spuds that are ‘crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, just as if they were oven-baked’.
A proper baked potato is a thing of beauty, but putting the whole oven on for just one or two does feel rather wasteful. Could this pricey potato cooker be the answer?
Unfortunately, probably not. We weren’t so sure about this one. First of all, it’s rather small. You could fit one medium-sized spud, or two smaller potatoes, but nothing more.
This may not be a big problem for one person, but if you’re looking to prepare for two or more people to eat together there will be a lengthy wait, as it takes 18 minutes to cook each portion.
The cooking process is easy. Place in the microwave for 6-8 minutes, then add the lid and cook for another 8-10.
Unfortunately, results weren’t quite as good as the toastie maker. Even with a bit of extra cooking time, the skin wasn’t really crispy – certainly nothing close to what you’d expect from a nice oven-baked potato.
Like the toastie maker, it was easy to clean, but we think you’re probably better off microwaving normally for 5-6 minutes then popping your spuds in the oven for a quick blast to crisp them up instead.
You could also consider a combination microwave. These models can cook with conventional heat as well as microwaves, so can tackle baked potatoes without the need for additional accessories.
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